This week, Kenzo and Vans drop their latest collaboration, a collection of sneakers in all-over floral prints, taken from the Kenzo archive.
The second time the two brands have collaborated, this latest collection features three sneaker styles. The drop is complemented by men’s and womenswear and a limited-edition skateboard deck, all made exclusively by Kenzo. No, we can’t skate. Yes, we still want to own the deck. More on which later.
The sneakers in question are Vans' Sk8-Hi and Old Skool, and come in three different colourways, from red, pink and green to bright multicoloured patterns. The prints also extend down to the sole, covering the usually white unit in print, too.
To go with the sneakers is a 46-piece Kenzo capsule collection designed by Felipe Olivier Baptiste, former Lacoste creative director, who was snapped up by Kenzo. This is his first capsule collection for the brand.
There’s a mix of low-key and well executed streetwear: hoodies, jackets, T-shirts and sweatshirts, but the denim is where it gets interesting. The jeans in the collection are worn low and baggy, and feature loops at the thigh, a nod to the classic skate styles of the 90s (Offspring plays quietly in the background).
The hoodies, T-shirts and vests are made from 100 per cent cotton and there are also caps, bags and bandanas, all featuring those archive floral prints.
The aforementioned skatedeck is the result of a collaboration with The Skateroom, a company who collaborate with artists to produce responsibly made skateboards. This edition features a Kenzo floral pattern on the board. Limited to 150 pieces, 100 per cent of the profits from its sales will go to a social skate project in Jamaica to empower at- risk youth.
The collection will be available from Kenzo.com from June 17.